Sun light on the deck of Yurt #1.Sleep in the round and watch the stars through the yurt's skylight. Kitchenette to the right.
Adventure Package: Yurt, Boat Tour & Kayaking #1
Adventure Package: Yurt, Boat Tour & Kayaking #1
4 guests
Studio
2 beds
1 bath
4 guests
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2 beds
1 bath
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Stay in a remote, oceanfront yurt in Resurrection Bay, ten miles by water from Seward, Alaska! Price includes round trip transportation to and from Shearwater Cove on Shearwater's exclusive vessel, the M/V Steller Jay. Price also includes unlimited use of Shearwater's sea kayaks and access to hiking trails. Shearwater Cove has two yurts available for nightly rental, see our second Airbnb listing "Adventure Package: Yurt, Boat Tour & Kayaking #2."

The space

Shearwater Cove is a small, secluded cove 10 miles by water from Seward, Alaska in Resurrection Bay. The adventure begins by meeting Shearwater's hosts Jason and Charity in the Seward Small Boat Harbor where guests embark on Shearwater's exclusive water taxi, the M/V Steller Jay. En route to Shearwater Cove, guests enjoy the spectacular scenery and marine wildlife of the Kenai Fjords from the deck and cabin of the vessel.

Upon arrival at Shearwater Cove guests are given an orientation about the property. Guests have access to hiking trails on the surrounding property, and can explore the coastline and Shearwater's neighboring coves and islands in sea kayaks at their leisure. Guided kayaking sessions are available for an additional charge. If anyone in your group is new to kayaking or wants to learn more about Shearwater's plants, animals, and geology, send us a message requesting a guided kayaking session.

The yurt has a kitchenette outfitted with a propane stove top, sink with hot running water, pots, pans and cutlery, olive oil and basic cooking spices, and an ice chest for keeping refrigerated goods cool. Guests bring their own food and ice. On the yurt's deck is the bathroom/shower house with a composting toilet and hot shower for washing off after a day of kayaking. The yurt can sleep up to four with a queen bed and full size sofa bed.

Shearwater Cove is entirely off the grid and we are proud of the heating, hot running water, and composting toilet systems on which it is able to provide all the creature comforts of home. The only basic amenity not available to guests is electricity. Lighting is not an issue in the full swing of summer thanks to Alaska's midnight sun, and when it starts to be dark again towards the end of August and September battery powered lanterns are provided. However, please note that you will be unable to charge phones, cameras, and electronics. We recommend bringing a small battery pack for charging devices, or totally immerse and go without!

There are a few flights of stairs from the dock at Shearwater Cove to your yurt so please keep this in mind as you pack. We highly recommend light luggage/backpacks. We understand that people often spend a few weeks in Alaska and therefore bring a bit of luggage, so we encourage guests to sort through their belongings and bring only what they will need while at the yurts. Seward's parking lots are highly monitored by city staff and belongings will be safe in your car. If you do not have a car we are happy to store luggage for you with advance notice.

Guest access

Guests have unlimited access to Shearwater Cove's sea kayaks for exploring the coastline and to hiking trails that offer panoramic views of Resurrection Bay (and excellent berry picking!). The sea kayaks are available for use at your leisure, so take a paddle in the midnight sun or stay out all day and picnic on the Fox Island Spit and watch the salmon jump in Humpy Cove! We encourage guests to book a 2+ night stay to really take advantage of the kayaking value and immerse in the setting of the Kenai Fjords.

Interaction with guests

Hosts Jason and Charity are available by phone and email for any questions prior to your stay. Upon booking we will send a message including specific details of where to park and meet on the morning of your check-in and recommended items to bring.

Jason is your USCG licensed boat captain. Upon your arrival at Shearwater Cove, Jason and/or Charity will provide an orientation about the Cove, your yurt, how to use/store the kayaks, and our hiking trails. We stay with guests overnight at Shearwater Cove as much as we can, but if we are unable to stay we will do everything possible to ensure guest comfort and safety before departing for the night. We have two yurts on the property so other guests may be present.

Other things to note

Shearwater Cove rates include round trip transportation on our exclusive water taxi vessel. Our price reflects the added value of this scenic 40 minute tour of the Kenai Fjords en route to Shearwater Cove. There are no roads to the property so all guests will arrive by boat. Price also includes use of Shearwater's sea kayaks and access to hiking trails.

Here is a price comparison of typical lodging, water taxi, and kayak trip prices in Seward for two guests to compare with Shearwater Cove's all-inclusive price:

-Basic hotel: $300/night
-Roundtrip Water Taxi Transport: $140
-Resurrection Bay Kayaking day trip: $400
Total: $840 (this does not include eating out)

Staying with us at Shearwater Cove not only cuts your vacation cost in half, but provides an authentic Alaskan experience led by your hosts Jason and Charity as you explore the Kenai Fjords at your own pace and get immersed in the wilderness away from big tourism companies.

**Important Check-in/Check-out information**
Our boat, Steller Jay, will depart the Seward harbor at either 10am or 12pm on the morning of your check-in, and you will depart Shearwater Cove at either 8:30am or 11am on the morning of your check-out. We will confirm your water taxi times upon booking. The water taxi ride is about 45 minutes each way. If you have specific travel plans let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your scheduling needs.

While planning activities following check-out, please give yourself an extra 1-2 hours of wiggle room. Shearwater Cove is a remote location that is only accessible by boat and weather conditions may delay or slow down the ride back to town. Give yourself an extra hour or two of time to transition into your next activity/destination so that in the case of delay you do not miss your next activity or stress about time. Much of the beauty and awesome experience of Shearwater Cove is due to its being removed from the busy city life to which so many of us are accustomed. Please remember that travel time to and from these types of places can vary because of that wonderful quality.

Due to the inherent risks of boat transportation and remote lodging, all guests will be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Risks and Release of Liabilities Form prior to trip departure.


Amenities
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Extra people £114 / night after 2 guests
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Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 queen bed, 1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 10AM - 12PM (noon)
Check out by 11AM

Playing outdoors in Alaska generally ends up meaning muddy, wet footwear so please remove your outdoor shoes when entering the yurt. We highly recommend bringing a pair of comfortable indoor shoes to wear in the yurt after a day of adventure on the water or up the trail.


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Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

Availability
1 night minimum stay

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Lauren User Profile
September 2017
What an incredible place! The yurts are cozy and comfortable and the views are breathtaking. We loved staying right on the water and being able to tour the nearby coves with the kayaks. We saw porpoises, otters, seals, bald eagles, and lots of salmon. This was definitely a highlight of our trip and we hope to come back again soon.

Jason User Profile
August 2017
My wife and I stayed with our 3 and 6 year old daughters. Charity and Jason immediately and thoughtfully replied to our booking request to inform us of the secluded location and potential hazards to young children. We still chose to book and are so happy we did. The pickup in Seward was as expected. The boat ride out was a bit bumpy due to the 6' waves. There are some steps up to the yurt but you barely notice them as you can't take your eyes off the beauty of the mountains, trees, streams, waterfalls, yurts, decks, and bay. The yurts are well constructed and comfortable. The interior is cozy yet spacious. The kitchen is well equipped and the running hot water is so cool. There are an assortment of board games and reading material. The bathroom and shower was suitable for all of us. There are plenty of kayaks and gear down by the water and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the equipment. Pickup from the yurt was as expected and the seas were much quieter. I would definitely like to stay at the yurts again. Jason and Charity have a beautiful location, provide a great experience, and are helpful and kind hosts!

Alexandra User Profile
August 2017
This is such a special place! We celebrated our engagement with two nights in our yurt and had everything we needed. Definitely stay more than one night to give room for weather. It rained our first full day/night but cleared up for our second. Will absolutely be back!

Jess User Profile
August 2017
Staying here was the absolute highlight of our Alaskan trip, if not my year! Jason and Charity's yurt is perfect- you are immersed in nature, far away from the real world, and yet comfortable as can be in their beautifully appointed homes. We spent two days here - while it rained for a lot of the time, we were happy as clams. We kayaked twice a day for a few hours each time, with big naps in between, and delicious meals cooked up on the cozy propane stove. KITCHEN: Everything you need is in the kitchen: dishes, pots/pans, colanders, salt/pepper, silverware - it was so convenient to be able to make pancakes or boil up some pasta right there AND be able to do dishes in the sink. BED: The bed in this yurt was so comfortable with soft sheets and a good mattress. I almost had to stay away from it because I would fall asleep upon contact. Also the heater is right next to the bed and makes the yurt so cozy so quickly - after coming in from a rainy few hours on the kayak, this was much appreciated! Also we could hang our damp clothes on chairs placed near the heater and they would dry quickly - an added bonus since you don't want to bring too much luggage to the yurt. BATHROOM: At first I was worried about being cold each time i visited the outdoor bathroom/shower but it was great! Compost toilet was modern and comfortable, and taking hot showers was easy and felt luxurious after kayaking. Charity has included a lot of lovely organic products in the shower for you like soap, shampoo and conditioner - so no need to bring your own. HIKING: There are trails around the yurt and while i didn't want to venture up for fear of shoe-ruining mud (I only brought one pair of hiking boots), my boyfriend was more intrepid and ventured out one morning to see the views (spectacular, by his account) and pick fresh blueberries for our pancakes. KAYAKING: This was the most amazing part of the yurt, in our opinion. Even though it was rainy and somewhat cold when we arrived, we jumped into the kayaks right away and made sure to get out there for a couple hours each day. What an amenity! We paddled over to a huge waterfall to see spawning salmon - something I only thought I'd ever see on Discovery Channel. We were visited by harbor seals and puffins and leaping salmon farther out in the bay - and once, we paddled into a cave to check it out and a sea lion snorted past us. We're jealous of the other kayakers who have seen humpbacks and otters in the bay but we liked knowing it was a possibility! And one day we went out for a post rain evening kayak and saw the biggest technicolor rainbow spanning the entire bay - we sat there for a good half...

Andrew User Profile
August 2017
Super cool spot. Very quiet and gave us some much needed rest towards the end of our Alaska adventure. Jason and Charity are awesome hosts. Highly recommended!

Carmen User Profile
July 2017
It's hard to go wrong if you stay at Jason and Charity's place! The transport from the port to the yurts was easy and everything essential to the stay was waiting in the yurt. The views were awesome and even on rainy days, there's so much to do! Pictures can't even adequately capture the splendid views!
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July 2017

Nathan User Profile
July 2017
Shearwater Cove was the first stop after my wife and I arrived in Alaska. We could not have found a better spot to unwind after the long trip. We got to enjoy a boat ride over with Charity and Jason (we saw our first bald eagle!), kayaked around the nearby islands, hiked around the cove, and had the world's most relaxing day of reading on the dock. It's incredible how comfortable they've made the yurts given how secluded the place feels-- it's a perfect combination, and we're still marveling at the amount of work and engineering that went in to building it. Staying here was one of our all-time travel highlights, and we cannot recommend it highly enough. This place really is a work of art.

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